Learning From Famous Mistakes: Part 4 – Dying While Divorcing

CapturePop culture periodicals have been telling us for years that celebrities are “just like us” – they go grocery shopping, they drive their kids to school, they walk their dogs. This holds just as true in the Probate world as …

When Do I File My Probate or Trust Litigation Case?

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We previously discussed what “probate litigation” is and where such cases can be filed, and now we will focus on when to file such cases.  Timing is important to ensure that claims are not time-barred and that the Court hears …

Learning from Famous Mistakes: Part 3 – Oral Promises

Tiffany B. - Part 3 ScreenshotPop culture periodicals have been telling us for years that celebrities are “just like us” – they go grocery shopping, they drive their kids to school, they walk their dogs. This holds just as true in the Probate world as …

What You Need to Know About the Initial Probate Process

CaptureWhen a close family member dies, the thought of serving as a fiduciary in order to administer an estate is often the last thing an individual would like to do during the grieving process.  The idea of having to gather …

What is “Probate Litigation”?

Blog Banner WordPress-01What exactly is “probate litigation” you ask?  “Probate litigation” are legal disputes arising out of incapacity (young and old), disability, and death.  As a follow-up to my blog a few weeks talking about where to file such lawsuits, this blog …

What Are Probate Assets and Why Should I Minimize Them?

PM - Probate Assets-01As discussed previously, when a decedent dies leaving probate assets, a Personal Representative may be appointed to administer the decedent’s probate estate.  But what exactly are probate assets?  Probate assets are assets that are titled in a decedent’s sole …

Where Do I File My Probate or Trust Litigation Case?

There are three trial courts in Massachusetts that have jurisdiction to hear probate or trust litigation cases:  the Probate and Family Court, the Fiduciary Litigation Session of the Probate and Family Court, and the Superior Court.

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